Mul­ti­plexes fined for not sell­ing pop­corn by weight

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The le­gal metrol­ogy depart­ment has pe­nalised two Kochi-based mul­ti­plex the­atres – in Cen­tre Square on MG Road and Oberon Mall in Edap­pally – for sell­ing eat­a­bles and bev­er­ages with­out men­tion­ing the vol­ume and weight as per the law. The prod­ucts, pop­corns and soft drinks, were sold af­ter cat­e­goris­ing them as small, medium and large based on the size of the con­tain­ers.

“As per Le­gal Metrol­ogy Act 2009, all prod­ucts should be sold in stan­dard units as pre­scribed by law. Bev­er­ages and drink­ing wa­ter should be sold in vol­ume and eat­a­bles by weight. This will en­able the cus­tomers to com­pare the prices of these prod­ucts with those sold in other shops. Since they billed the cus­tomers based on the size of the con­tain­ers, they won’t be able to know how much they have bought. In this sce­nario, it is dif­fi­cult to make claims by the cus­tomers against the re­tail­ers,” said R Ram­mo­han, deputy col­lec­tor, cen­tral zone, le­gal metrol­ogy depart­ment. How­ever, the depart­ment could not ini­ti­ate any ac­tion against the the­atres for sell­ing pack­aged items above the rate be­ing sold out­side.

“A litre of bot­tled drink­ing wa­ter is sold in these the­atres for Rs 40 and 50. This same prod­uct of the same manufacturer is avail­able for just Rs 20 from shops out­side. Man­u­fac­tur­ers are pro­vid­ing prod­ucts with higher MRP printed on them to by­pass reg­u­la­tions. The depart­ment can only act if the prod­ucts are charged over and above the MRP,” said C Sha­mon, as­sis­tant con­troller, le­gal metrol­ogy depart­ment, Er­naku­lam.

The theatre own­ers, charged with Sec­tions 10 and 11 of the Le­gal Metrol­ogy Act, were slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000. If a theatre is owned by more than one part­ner, each part­ner will have to pay Rs 10,000 each.

Parsv­nath ex­presses in­abil­ity to re­fund on Na­tional Com­mis­sion or­der

Parsv­nath De­vel­op­ers has ex­pressed in­abil­ity to re­fund home buy­ers for not hand­ing over pos­ses­sion of flats and sought a year’s time from the Supreme Court to com­plete the project.

Parsv­nath’s Ex­ot­ica project in Ghazi­abad was launched in 2007 with a prom­ise of hand­ing over pos­ses­sion of the flats by 2011. Over 800 fam­i­lies put in their money but flats have not been handed over to them.

The Na­tional Con­sumer Dis­putes Re­dres­sal Com­mis­sion (NCDRC) had di­rected the com­pany to re­fund money with in­ter­est to 70 flat buy­ers who had filed a case against the real es­tate gi­ant. In re­sponse, the real es­tate com­pany ap­proached the Supreme Court and ex­pressed in­abil­ity to pay the money be­cause of fi­nan­cial prob­lems. It as­sured the court that the project would be com­pleted in a year.

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